FAQ

What is EMAP?

Which businesses can you help - existing businesses only, or start-ups too?

What are some examples of the types of services you offer?

What are some examples of the types of businesses you work with?

What defines a "small business"? What other requirements do I have to meet to qualify for your services?

What are the costs associated with your service?

If I call EMAP with a compliance issue, will I be reported to a regulatory agency?

Do you perform free energy efficiency assessments?

Can you help me identify funding opportunities so I can afford to make improvements at my business?

How can I stay informed about new news in regulations, funding, environmental compliance and energy efficiency? 

What exactly happens when I "become a client" of the Pennsylvania SBDC? Will I be charged money once I'm a client? Will my information still be confidential?

1. What is EMAP?

The PA SBDC Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) is a no-cost, confidential statewide environmental assistance service for small businesses. We can help you with environmental regulatory compliance issues and energy efficiency concerns as well as assist you in your efforts to "green your business". We are a non-profit, university-based organization.

2. Which businesses can you help – just existing businesses, or start-ups, too?

We provide assistance to businesses at any stage, from pre-venture to existing companies.

Start-ups:

We work closely with our Pennsylvania SBDC business consultants, providing relevant information to businesses just getting started. Our EMAP consultants can help you review your business plan to determine if you require regulatory agency approval or permit(s). We can help you identify the environmental licenses, permits, and registrations necessary to open your business. For an introductory list of the types of requirements your business may be subject to, we suggest you review our Environmental Considerations for New Businesses, and then contact us with any questions.

Existing Businesses:

With today’s complex environmental regulations, it’s difficult to stay informed on requirements and opportunities that apply to your business.  Through one-on-one consulting, our newsletter and other communications, EMAP keeps small businesses up-to-date on what they need to know from new regulatory requirements to relevant new technology and funding opportunities.

Our current clients include businesses in manufacturing, service, retail, construction – just about any small business may be affected by environmental compliance regulation and/or energy efficiency concerns.

3. What are some examples of the types of services you offer?

EMAP provides Pennsylvania small businesses with the answers and assistance they need to effectively manage their environmental issues, reduce regulatory risks, and save money.

EMAP consultants are experts in environmental compliance issues, and provide confidential assistance with your questions related to air emissions, solid waste, hazardous waste, storage tanks, and water regulations.

We provide assistance with:

  • Environmental regulatory requirements
  • Permit applications, forms and plans
  • Environmental management strategies
  • Waste minimization
  • Finding sources of financing for environmental and energy efficiency upgrades
  • Health and safety requirements

EMAP has various educational offerings as well – our consultants offer training seminars throughout the state of Pennsylvania. We also provide regulatory and energy efficiency updates via our newsletter and other publications.

View EMAP in the News, and Client Success Stories for more information.

4. What are some examples of the types of businesses you work with? 

We assist a broad range of small businesses including auto body shops, bakeries, dental offices, dry-cleaners, grocery stores, woodworkers, restaurants, metalworkers, printers, and manufacturers of products from aircraft parts to textiles.

5. What defines a “small business”? What other requirements do I have to meet to qualify for your services?

In general, a small business is defined as one having 100 or fewer employees. In some cases we are able to assist slightly larger manufacturing facilities. To be eligible for our services, your operations must be headquartered in Pennsylvania.

6. What are the costs associated with your service? 

Our services are provided to small businesses free-of-charge.

7. If I call EMAP with a compliance issue, will I be reported to a regulatory agency?

Absolutely not! All Pennsylvania SBDC services are strictly confidential.

8. Do you perform free energy efficiency assessments?

Unfortunately, due to funding cuts, our energy efficiency assessment service is currently suspended.  We hope to find additional funds to restore this valuable service.

9. Can you help me identify funding opportunities so I can afford to make improvements at my business?

Yes, we help many small businesses apply for grants and loans. For example, with EMAP’s help, EMAP clients have received over $1 million in funding for 189 energy efficiency projects through DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program.

Grants and low-interest loans are a great way to help offset or manage the costs of compliance and efficiency investments. Visit our Funding page for more information on these types of programs. Then call our consultants for assistance figuring out which programs are the best fit for your project, and guidance while completing the applications. Many EMAP clients have secured funds with our help – visit our Success Stories to read about some of them.

10. How can I stay informed about new news in regulations, funding, environmental compliance and energy efficiency?

EMAP’s newsletter, The First Step, provides quarterly updates on these issues as well as information on environmental topics and client success stories. To see past newsletters, click here. To be added to the mailing list, click here.

EMAP Alert emails provide clients with timely regulatory and funding updates. To see a sample and to sign up, click here.

11. What exactly happens when I "become a client" of the Pennsylvania SBDC? Will I be charged money once I'm a client? Will my information still be confidential?

The process of becoming an official client is very simple. We ask you to fill out a short form, which helps us gather relevant background information we need to understand your business' unique situation, allowing us to better serve you, in the long run. All the information you provide remains completely confidential, though it does allow us to get a broad view of the types of challenges PA businesses face.

Becoming a client doesn't cost anything, nor do we start to charge for services once you become a client. Our services, with the exception of certain trainings or workshops, are provided completely free of charge, no matter how long you work with us.